“A powerful dream vision – Opulent, beatific…unforgettable.” -B+W Magazine: The Masters
“An extraordinary director…riveting, shocking, touching…brilliant and provocative.” -Scott Goodson, Forbes
"Her creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities...[is] powerful and provocative." -Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post.
Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is an Indian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, director, photographer, women's empowerment and social justice advocate. Believing that artists as myth-makers shape the parameters of the possible, her work explores transformation and the intersection between mythology and reality from diverse perspectives, to inspire social change. Known by a single name for her “iconic imagery and visionary storytelling” (Huffington Post), her work is described as "dynamic...at the crossroads of pop culture and critical acclaim" by the Lincoln Center, which presented her major exhibition ICONS to accompany her book by the same name. Indrani’s films have won 25 awards including Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, two Gold Lions at CannesFestival of Creativity, and Best Film at the CNN Expose Awards 2018 for Girl Epidemic on sex trafficking https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/06/11/cfp-psa-expose-girl-epidemic.cnn.
While studying cultural anthropology at Princeton University, Indrani was discovered and mentored by David Bowie, who commissioned her first album art for Heathen, on loss of faith in the grand narratives, and later her directorial debut for Valentine’s Day, exploring the mind of a high school shooter.
Soon after she launched Beyonce’s superstar solo debut creating her powerful goddess-like image for Dangerously in Love, and memorable collaborations with Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet, Keanu Reeves, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian in a coffin for Digital Death, raising awareness a million dollars against AIDS in Africa for Keep A Child Alive.
“Wielding her visionary work like a weapon, Indrani is using her art and resources for social justice and change,” (Soma Magazine) as a multiracial, bisexual artist empowering women, minorities and the LGBTQ community.
Born in Calcutta and raised volunteering with Mother Teresa, as an international teen model-actress, Indrani returned to India to co-found Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation (SEEschool.org) providing education and support to 300 women and children annually, of which she continues to be Executive Director. She is Co-Host of the Global People’s Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations, democratizing access to conversations and information that shape the world; a Fellow and Speaker at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the UN; Host of New York Live Arts - Live Ideas Gala; and Executive Director of SDG Icons, creating a cultural movement reframing what it means to be an Icon, with the world’s most significant leaders, influencers, and heroes in the field around the 17 SDG Goals at the UN in 2020.
Featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone,Vogue, Vanity Fair and VICE, and published in 23 books, her work has been exhibited in museums including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Center Pompidou Paris, The Rubin Museum of Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Museum at the Fashion Institute and The Australian Center for the Moving Image. Her videos have 70 million views online, and she has created images and commercials for over 300 international brands including Pepsi, Nike, Lancome, and L’Oreal. Regularly interviewed for CNN, HBO, E! News and Showbiz Tonight, she is invited to speak at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, Princeton, New York University and Harvard.
"At the forefront of contemporary photography" - NOWNESS
COLLABORATIONS: Beyonce, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Keanu Reeves, Bon Jovi, KAWS, Richard Phillips, Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman.
AWARDS: Her films have won over 25 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity, Best Film at the CNN Expose Awards 2018, and the Circle of Light Award 2018 at Harvard.
EXHIBITIONS: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, The Victor & Albert Museum UK, The Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Lincoln Center, Museum of the Fashion Institute, Rubin Museum of Art, The Australian Center for the Moving Image.
PUBLICATIONS: The New York Times, Huffington Post, LA Times, London Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, V, Vanity Fair and VICE.
FEATURED ON: CNN, HBO, Access Hollywood, Extra! Inside Edition, E! News, America’s Next Top Model, Larry King Live, VH1’s Short List, Fashion Television, The “It” Factor, CBS, USA Today, and Showbiz Tonight.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: United Nations, Harvard, Princeton, New York University, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Center Georges Pompidou. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
BRAVO (NBC) DOCU-SERIES DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Indrani co-produced and was the subject of a 6-part docu-series on US primetime network Bravo/ NBC. Syndicated to 200 countries, it featured her creative process, working with Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Dita Von Teese, Armie Hammer along with Klinko and GK Reid.
SOCIAL ACTIVISM: "Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes and her video and stills campaign, Digital Death, against AIDS in India and Africa raised over a $1M in under a week" (Huffington Post).
Indrani co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org providing education and resources to over 300 women and children in West Bengal, India. With her extensive work with over 20 NGOs, Indrani is Co-Host of the Global People's Summit during the General Assembly at the United Nations 2018, a Fellow and Speaker at Women's Entrepreneurship Day at UN Headquarters 2018, and Executive Director of SDG Icons, creating a global campaign with the world's greatest leaders, influencers and heroes in the field, around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the UN in 2020.
"Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change," (Huffington Post).
EARLY LIFE: Born in Calcutta to a traditional Indian family, and raised volunteering with Mother Teresa, as an international teen model/actress Indrani co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education foundation for 300 women and children in India SEEschool.org. At Princeton University, Indrani spearheaded student movements to study Sanskrit and create a South Asian Studies Program and graduated magna cum laude (with High Honors) in Cultural Anthropology. Indrani and classical harpist Markus Klinko began their professional photography careers together as the photography duo Markus + Indrani.
"A fashion photography powerhouse" - Wonderland
CLIENTS: Pepsi, Nike, Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, MAC, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, Baume et Mercier, De Beers, Epson, Broncolor, Mattel, Hello Kitty, Jaguar. CLIENT LIST